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Cesar Chavez and Animal Welfare 24.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
I've not yet had the chance to see the new movie, Cesar Chavez: History is Made One Step at a Time, but I did manage to find in my files a letter written by Cesar Chavez back in December 1990. Written on United Farm Workers of America stationary, Mr. Chavez addressed the letter to Eric Mills, the director (then and now) of the advocacy group Action For Animals. That letter, in its entirety, is reprinted below. Dear Mr Mills: Our society is becoming increasingly concerned about the welfare of animals, both wild and domestic, and rightfully so. The area of animals used and/or abused in the entertainment industry deserves special scrutiny. There is a great need for legislation to ensure the humane treatment of animals employed in rodeos, and I would certainly support any such bills. I understand that most rodeos don't even require that a veterinarian be present -- this seems the very least we owe the animals, who are participants through no choice of their own. Kindness and compassion towards all living ...
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The One Thing to Remember on Earth Day 22.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
People sometimes ask me these days why the Sierra Club spends so much time taking on the fossil fuel industries and encouraging wind, solar, and other clean energy sources. Shouldn't we concentrate on saving wild places and, you know, taking more hikes? To answer that, I like to bring up John Muir, who founded the Sierra Club in 1892. Although he died almost 100 years ago -- long before the first Earth Day -- Muir would have loved the idea of a day dedicated to celebrating (and protecting) our amazing planet. He is often remembered for opposing the destruction of wilderness, but Muir, first and foremost, was a celebrant of wilderness. Just pick up one of his books. His enthusiasm explodes off the page. His campaigns to protect the places he loved were fueled by this inexhaustible passion -- and by his conviction that experiencing the natural world could lift any human spirit as it had his own. At the Sierra Club, we've never stopped believing in the importance of protecting those wild places, and we've ...
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Earth Week Message: Celebrate Trees 22.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Earth Week is a magnificent time to celebrate trees. Let me to tell you why trees are so remarkable. Trees are tremendous! Celebrate their importance to life on our planet with Earth Dr Reese Halter in this segment of SOS from Los Angeles, California. Every tree in the world participates in many biological processes, but the most notable one is photosynthesis. Tree leaves absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, mix it with water, convert it into sugar using the sun's energy and give off oxygen as a by-product. Carbon is stored in the wood during the process. In fact, trees are the greatest CO2 warehouses to have ever evolved on Earth. For every metric ton of wood created, 1.5 metric tons of CO2 is absorbed and 1 metric ton of oxygen is released. Imagine the most perfect tree on Earth: one that out does all others in magnificence, size, height, productivity, architecture, ability to draw thousands of gallons of water, yet marvelously resist drought, fire, insects, disease, mudslides, flooding, wind; ...
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Animal Welfare Activists Picket Liam Neeson's Home Over New York City Horse Carriage Ban 19.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
NEW YORK (AP) — Animal welfare activists picketing Liam Neeson's home on Saturday said they don't agree with him that the city's carriage horses should keep working. Neeson didn't appear as about 50 demonstrators filled the sidewalk in front of his apartment building on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Police watched, and doormen photographed protesters hoisting signs with such slogans as "Liam Neeson: Stop Supporting Cruelty!" and "Worked to Death!" with an image of a dead horse in a park. Holding the second sign was Peter Wood, an animal protection investigator for various organizations that say it's cruel for the horses to be subjected to traffic, pollution and possible accidents. "It's 2014, not 1914. It's time for a change," said Wood, who lives in Manhattan. "Horses don't belong in traffic, surrounded by buses. They don't belong in the city; it's outdated, it's cruel," he said, adding, "Life attached to a carriage with a poop bag attached to your rear end — that's no life." Neeson, whose movies include ...
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Restitution Ordered For Breeder With 20,000 Dying Rats, Reptiles 19.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California exotic pet breeder who had 20,000 dead and dying rats and reptiles in a warehouse has avoided jail time but was ordered to pay more than $190,000 in restitution. Mitchell Steven Behm, 55, of Coto de Caza, also was sentenced to five years of probation and 200 hours of community service at a hearing Wednesday. He owned Global Captive Breeders in Lake Elsinore, 70 miles southeast of Los Angeles, which sold exotic snakes and reptiles, along with rats for reptile food. Behm and business manager David Delgado were arrested and initially charged with more than 100 counts each of felony animal cruelty. Behm negotiated a deal, pleading to a dozen misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty. Under its terms, Behm won't be able to own any animals or operate any animal-related businesses. Delgado, 30, of Rialto, has pleaded guilty to a dozen felony counts and faces more than five years in prison. His sentencing hearing is in May. In 2012, People for the Ethical Treatment of ...
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No-Kill Animal Sheltering Is Coming Soon to a Community Near You 17.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In the age of social media and the transparency of everything, traditional sheltering and animal control models that essentially amount to population control by the sanctioned killing of homeless pets just do not stand up to scrutiny. In a 2011 Associated Press/Petside poll , 70 percent of pet owners believed that shelters should be allowed to euthanize shelter animals "only when they are too sick to be treated or too aggressive to be adopted." That, in a nutshell is the no-kill philosophy, and the sentiment and ethic that underlies it is driving the conversation at the level of municipal policy making across the country. The public understands that animals are individuals. Most people believe that the life of every pet has intrinsic value and that we have a special obligation to ensure the life and well being of those animals that we have brought into our homes and our communities as friends and companions. Killing homeless pets because they are an inconvenience is no longer acceptable. Thirty years ...
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Snail Turns Flower Into An Umbrella, And Proves He's The Thriftiest Mollusk Out There (PHOTO) 15.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Nobody likes to get rained on. This includes humans, this tree frog and especially this snail, even though some snails come out of their shells when it rains. Vyacheslav Mischenko , a photographer from Ukraine, captured this stunning image in a forest near his home. This thrifty snail turned a flower into an umbrella, and sheltered there to protect himself from the rain. Snails aren't known for being the prettiest animals, but this photo definitely sheds light on how unique these creatures really are. Mischenko said that the image's colors and setting reminded him of Monet's 1886 painting "Woman With A Parasol" ...
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9 Ways Pigs Are Smarter Than Your Honor Student 15.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Easter's coming up -- have you bought your honey-baked ham yet? I hope not because I'd like to try to talk you out of it. Not just because it's bad for you (a recent Harvard University study found that eating processed meats such as ham, bacon, and sausage daily increases your mortality risk by 20 percent ) but also because it's bad for pigs (it increases their mortality risk by 100 percent). On today's factory farms, mother pigs spend most of their lives confined to cramped "gestation" crates that are so small, the animals can't even turn around or take a step in any direction. Piglets are castrated and have their tails chopped off and their teeth clipped without any painkillers whatsoever. All of this is done to animals whom scientists have determined are smarter than the family dog. Need proof that pigs are brainy? Here's just a sample of their amazing feats of mental prowess: Pigs can use tools. A study conducted by Professor Donald Broom at Cambridge University found that pigs used a mirror placed ...
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Enter the Sierra Club’s “Get Out” photo contest to win a trip to the Grand Canyon 7.4.2014 TreeHugger
The deadline is Earth Day!
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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Rare Black-backed Woodpeckers in California, Oregon, South Dakota 3.4.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire

The Center for Biological Diversity and the John Muir Project of Earth Island Institute today filed a formal notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the agency’s failure to protect black-backed woodpeckers under the Endangered Species Act.

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Conservationists join animal rights groups to challenge Idaho ag gag law 28.3.2014 From the Blogs
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Petition, Advocates Help Spare 'Mickey,' Pit Bull Who Mauled 4-Year-Old Arizona Boy 27.3.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Petition, Advocates Help Spare 'Mickey,' Pit Bull Who Mauled 4-Year-Old Arizona Boy
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Vegan PSA Hopes To Convince You Pigs Are Friends, Not Food 26.3.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Vegan PSA Hopes To Convince You Pigs Are Friends, Not Food
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Exclusive: NSA, FBI, DIA Sued over Refusal to Disclose U.S. Role in Imprisonment of Nelson Mandela 25.3.2014 Democracy Now!
In a Democracy Now! exclusive, one of the nation's most prolific transparency activists, Ryan Shapiro, reveals he is suing the NSA, FBI and Defense Intelligence Agency in an attempt to force them to open their records on one of the country's greatest secrets: how the U.S. helped apartheid South Africa capture Nelson Mandela in 1962, leading to his 27 years in prison. The U.S. has never confirmed its involvement, but details have leaked out over the years. Shapiro already has a pending suit against the CIA over its role in Mandela's capture and to find out why it took until 2008 for the former South African president to be removed from the U.S. terrorist watch list. The NSA has already rejected one of Shapiro's requests for its information on Mandela, citing "national defense."
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Why Did FBI Monitor Occupy Houston, and Then Hide Sniper Plot Against Protest Leaders? 25.3.2014 Democracy Now!
Transparency activist Ryan Shapiro discusses a growing controversy over the FBI's monitoring of Occupy Houston in 2011. The case centers on what the FBI knew about an alleged assassination plot against Occupy leaders and why it failed to share this information. The plot was first revealed in a heavily redacted document obtained by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund through a FOIA request. The document mentioned an individual "planned to engage in sniper attacks against protesters in Houston, Texas." When Shapiro asked for more details, the FBI said it found 17 pages of pertinent records and gave him five of them, with some information redacted. Shapiro sued, alleging the FBI had improperly invoked FOIA exemptions. Last week, Federal District Judge Rosemary Collyer agreed with Shapiro, ruling the FBI had to explain why it withheld the records.
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Why Did the FBI Label Ryan Shapiro's Dissertation on Animal Rights a Threat to National Security? 25.3.2014 Democracy Now!
Over the past decade, Ryan Shapiro has become a leading freedom of information activist, unearthing tens of thousands of once-secret documents. His work focuses on how the government infiltrates and monitors political movements, in particular those for animal and environmental rights. Today, he has around 700 Freedom of Information Act requests before the FBI, seeking around 350,000 documents. That tenacity has led the Justice Department to call him the "most prolific" requester there is -- in one year, two requests per day. It has also led the FBI to claim his dissertation research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology would "irreparably damage national security." Shapiro discusses his methodology in obtaining government documents through FOIA requests, and the details that have emerged therein about the crackdown on animal rights activists.
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As a Horsewoman, I Would Like to Welcome PETA to Our Industry 25.3.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
As a Horsewoman, I Would Like to Welcome PETA to Our Industry
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Animal Rights and the Erosion of the First Amendment: AETA, Ag-Gag and Why You Should Care 22.3.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
(A) a commercial or academic enterprise that uses or sells animals or animal products for profit, food or fiber production, agriculture, education, research, or testing; (B) a zoo, aquarium, animal shelter, pet store, breeder, furrier, circus, or rodeo, or other lawful competitive animal event; or (C) any fair or similar event intended to advance agricultural arts and sciences. ...
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PETA Accuses Top Horse Trainer Of Animal Cruelty Following Undercover Investigation 21.3.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
PETA Accuses Top Horse Trainer Of Animal Cruelty Following Undercover Investigation
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Racehorse Abuse Allegations Against Steve Asmussen Spark Investigations (DISTURBING VIDEO) 21.3.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Racehorse Abuse Allegations Against Steve Asmussen Spark Investigations (DISTURBING VIDEO)
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